Walk: Rosemarkie country & coast - Black Isle bonanza

Highland | Black Isle | Half day walk | ★★★

[The return leg has good coastal views]

If the popular short walk through Fairy Glen and its waterfalls isn't enough, consider extending the route into a half day circuit exploring the countryside to the north of Rosemarkie. After climbing out of the glen, a 2-mile road walk isn't the most auspicious of starts. Things fortunately improve once the tarmac is left behind, with the compact top of Brown Hill offering wide views across the ocean to Moray. Best of all is the wonderful (and tidal) coastal return, which seems surprisingly wild and remote for the gentle Black Isle.

[Fairy Glen lower falls]

📌 Walk: Rosemarkie country & coast - Black Isle bonanza ★★★
Start / finish at car park on Mill Road, Rosemarkie village centre, G.R.: NH 737577 ///tomato.hiker.toward

▶ 9 km / 6 mi | ▲ 210 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: RSPB Fairy Glen; Fairy Glen lower & upper waterfalls ★★★; △ Brown Hill (168 m); Rosemarkie Bay ★★ & coastline; Rosemarkie ★★
Terrain: Generally good paths and minor road for inland section to Springwells. Narrower paths over Brown Hill with steep descent and some tricky routefinding to reach coastline - map required. Middle section of the coastal return is on shingle and sand (intermittent path alternative), and is submerged at high tide.

Route & map

Car park - mill pond - Fairy Glen lower & upper waterfalls - minor road to Springwells - Brown Hill - coastline to east - return by coast & Rosemarkie Bay - Rosemarkie - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep, lambs, goats and horses, cows and calves in adjacent fields; yellowhammers, tits.
Weather: Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells, 17°C, moderate wind higher up.

Chronological photo guide

[Fairy Glen]

[Fairy Glen lower falls]

[Fairy Glen upper falls]

[View west across the Black Isle from the road section]

[Moray Firth]


[Moray Firth from Brown Hill]

[Moray Firth from Brown Hill]

[Narrow descent to the coast]

[Coastal section]

[Coastal section]

[Coastal section - partly tidal]

[Coastal section]

[Rosemarkie Bay]



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